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At long last, Facebook as a universal app is finally here and if you're an iPhone or iPad user looking to browse the popular social site, the app is better than ever. On the iPad specifically, it might be the best platform for browsing the site available.

Now a universal app for both iPhone and iPad, Facebook offers a fun and fast way to browse through friends' pages, statuses, photos, and more. The interface is fairly sparse, but makes it easy to get exactly where you want to go on the site quickly. Across the top you have a button to open the navigation sidebar, one to look at friend requests, a chat bubble for messages, and a globe for notifications. To get to the navigation sidebar, you can either hit the button or simply swipe your finger to the right. On the sidebar you have all the same functions that you would on the Web site, letting you touch to browse the News Feed, Messages, Nearby check-ins, events, groups, and any Facebook apps you might use (each of which can be used on the iPad). Nearby check-ins in particular is much better in this update, letting you see a map of where your friends have checked in, with a list of recent check-ins you can browse on the left.

One of the best things about Facebook on the iPad is how easy and fast it is to browse photos. Just tap on a friend's name and you quickly get all of his photo folders. From there you can just tap on a folder and browse quickly through all his photos. Alternatively, you can view a photo full-screen and just swipe to move on to the next picture or you can touch a strip across the bottom (iPad only) to jump between photos. To go back to folder view, you can simply do a pinch gesture and the photo has a collapse animation to smoothly deliver you back to the folder. You also can quickly upload a photo from your library or snap a new picture for upload on your iPhone or iPad 2. All of these elements are laid out to make your most-used actions on Facebook both easy-to-use and fast.

Overall, with an extremely intuitive interface, touch-screen controls that take advantage of the larger screen real estate on the iPad, and all the functionality you get on the Web site, the latest version of Facebook for iOS is better than ever. On the iPad, it might even be the best platform for browsing the site--even above your computer. If you have an iOS device and use Facebook, this app is a must-download.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The worst iphone app ever."

    July 8, 2012  |   By julianbrown

    Version: Facebook 4.1

    Pros

    that it is deletable

    Cons

    Ive always regarded CNET as a reliable benchmark, here I cannot say I am impressed with your 5 star review of something that on my phone is actually unusable. I would say that the facebook app for the iphone is badly designed and confusing but I never really got that far, before i deleted it, it spent 99% of the time hanging or "updating". Google facebook app on the iphone 4s and you can see it is universal - so how can this not make it to your review?

    Summary

    I would expect Failbook wanted to integrate facebook into the whole iphone experience - instead i wont now use facebook on my iphone at all. For such a large company to make such a terrible app that I actually deleted it is beyond belief. Shame on CNET too for a 5 star review of a product that doesnt (on the iphone 4s) work at all.

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    What is going on with Facebook this year, miss after miss after miss, changing everyones email addresses to their own poxy emial system, forcing timeline on everyone, a badly handled public float that further enraged people towards them and an app on the iphone that simply doesnt work. Facebook seem determined to crash into the iceberg at present.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "poor poor poor !!!"

    April 17, 2012  |   By mailroomman

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    rubbish !!! zero notifications / personal messages zero
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  • 3.0 stars

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Love to use Facebook!"

    March 2, 2012  |   By cherylps

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Simply does not work"

    December 25, 2011  |   By mholliscnet

    Version: Facebook 4.0

    Pros

    Nice idea that we all hoped Facebook would do

    Cons

    First, I have the iPad I. I installed the app, then did the delete-reinstall routine that Facebook quixotically requires. Got the app working. And as soon as I am doing anything in the app, navigating, entering status, checking in, the application hangs.

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    Summary

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Facebook love <3"

    December 12, 2011  |   By missdelaney2

    Version: Facebook 4.0

    Pros

    -Really cool design
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    Cons

    -Photo viewing and chatting functions act funky sometimes

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Useful facebook app, but needs to work on the bugs"

    December 12, 2011  |   By dirtyharrison84

    Version: Facebook 4.0

    Pros

    It's a good app to look at when you're on the go. Gives you easy access to your facebook account and has a sleek design.

    Cons

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  • 2.0 stars

    "below expectations"

    August 25, 2011  |   By johnyindia

    Version: Facebook 3.4

    Pros

    friendlist with phone details
    push
    mobility

    Cons

    push not upto mark
    No fluid updates- cache comments
    crashes at least once a day
    crashes if switches off wifi

    Summary

    If it's from official facebook.com I expect reliable app. Unfortunately it is not. Except few obvious advantages, this apps disappoints me everyday. Using web version now.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "ok but apple apps can be alot better"

    August 22, 2011  |   By baigsaad

    Version: Facebook 3.4

    Pros

    user friendly

    Cons

    need apple logo...whenever something updates on facebook through i phone

    Summary

    can be better

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  • 1.0 stars

    "The app, while great, doesn't usually work"

    August 4, 2011  |   By pyrokitties

    Version: Facebook 3.4

    Pros

    The app is well designed, the features included (other than chat) work wonderfully and the design is attractive

    Cons

    I have to launch the app six times in order for it to finally work (it crashes the other five). The chat and photos integrations are very buggy, along with most every other feature on the app

    Summary

    This app is beyond frustrating, but it beats the mobile site

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